Wednesday, 22 May 2013

WIP Wednesday 145: Frustration

Robin Wood Tarot

I've just been to pick Destructo Boy up from school, having received a phone call to tell me he had been sick; which means his half-term has started 2 1/2 days early. The spiky cat, Moonheart, also has an upset tummy, but hers is manifesting at the other end. Do NOT ask me how I know, because believe me, you do not want to know.

My American yarn has landed, but I must give in to the ransom demand, prop up more failure pay the extortionate Import VAT Tax before I can actually have it in my hot, greedy little hands. The tax is more than 50% of the value of the yarn. Which I can totally see why the Americans revolted (revoluted ?) - I surely would too, if they taxed my tea like this. I promise I have learned from this hard lesson, and will not repeat the errors I made this time, ie. being honest.

And above you can see the beginnings of my 4th 'Summer Flies' Shawl, which is definitely not in my KTQ2013 list. On this occasion I am calling it 'Harvest Flies' because of the rich plummy purple color of the Drops Fabel UniColor that I found for the ridiculous price of £1.30/50g/205m (approx. $1.96).

This stunning bargain blinded me to the fact that I thought I was buying 4ply/fingering weight yarn, when I guess really it is closer to a laceweight. I bought 3 skeins, thinking 615m would be ample for this shawl, but now I'm wondering if it is. Serves me right.

You, however, can find some yummy things to look at over at Tami's Amis ....


  1. Love the Rolling Stones!

    That's a hideous rate of tax to be paying - puts you off buying anything, doesn't it. And the price that they charge you for letting you know that you're going to be charged - farking extortionate *grumbles and waddles off*

    I likes Harvest Flies. Tasty :-D


  2. Your shawl is going to be gorgeous! I love the color.
    WOW that tax rate is INSANE! It totally eats up any possible saving on a bargain yarn purchase.

  3. You know, there are loads of things I want to order from the states and I just don't because of the fees - it's not even the tax that I object to really it's the £8 processing fee. So I just saw a child's spindle I really wanted online for the equivalent of £3 and if I buy that I'll potentially have to pay the £6 postage, then on top of that 20% tax AND £8 fee - it's just not worth it. I am looking for an alternative but can't find anything I like here or in Europe.

    I have bought a trindle for myself and I am just hoping that it gets through without being ransomed - they are only made by one person so there isn't an alternative :/

    Love the colour of your Drops yarn - such a bargain. (I picked up enough Drops to make my next 5+ pairs of socks in a recent sale.)


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